Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
2013 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ends: September 3, 2013
1982 Votes - "Most Fun"
97 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
17 Votes - "Friendliest"
5 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"
In addition to its title as one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America, Jim Thorpe has been named one of the Top 50 Places to Live and Play, one of the Top 100 Adventure Towns and the most Fantastic Town for Fall. It’s a recreation destination, charming small town, and historic landmark all in one.
Visitors frequent Jim Thorpe from nearby Philadelphia and New York City for hiking, biking, white water rafting, skiing and sight seeing. The D&L Trail and Flagstaff Mountain provide a beautiful setting with nature and parks galore. Guests can additionally boat, fish, swim and camp near area lakes for a respite from big cities. When the snows start there are ski areas close by and cross country skiing.
The town’s businesses line the downtown hub with storefronts, galleries, bed and breakfasts and local eateries creating a scene perfect for a post card. Take a walking tour or carriage ride to familiarize yourself with the town, then choose from all the activities or just wander and soak up the Victorian splendor.
Sitting up on Packer Hill don’t miss two elaborate local landmarks, the Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions. the Asa Packer is a guided tour through the home of the famed industrialist. The Harry Packer is an Inn that was used as the model for the haunted mansion in Disney World and now hosts Murder Mystery Weekends and luxury lodging.
In the center of town, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway runs excursions from Old Mauch Chunk Train Station while the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Old Jail Museum, Mauch Chunk Museum provide a glimpse into the past. A short drive away the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, and Eckley Miner’s Village give the other side of the life of the miners.
No matter what your idea of "fun", from riding the train, enjoying a museum, shopping, dining, outdoor sports or just kicking back, Jim Thorpe has it all every season of the year.
- The Switzerland of America.A step back in time to the Victorian Era, lovely mansions,spectacular scenery, great restaurants, lots of outdoor activities. Plus murder mystery weekends at the model for the Haunted mansion in Disney World, the Harry Packer Mansion. Sit out of the veranda at Libations Lounge and enjoy a wine flight!
- on July 2, 2013
We love this wonderful and beautiful town, no matter what time of year we visit it is always a great time, fabulous food, art, music and the best time with friendly people having enlightening experiences. There is no need to move our car once we arrive for our get away weekend all is within walking distance. The people have such spirit and the history and charm allows for many fond memories. Thank you Jim Thorpe!!!!!
nancy and kevin
- on July 20, 2012
- It is a beautiful town, with a juvenile camp, Camp Adams. That is involved in the kids for cash scandal in Luzerne County. Lets not forget about the kids.
- on July 20, 2012
- I chose to retire in Jim Thorpe because it is an art and nature-rich country village filled with winderful scenery and great art opportunities. If you are looking for a wonderful vacation, filled with activities of all sorts, you will be glad you chose Jim Thorpe, PA. One of the nicest things is the deep forests and green mountains, filled with vistas and wildlife. The other day, my wide was going to her hairdresser when she encounteres a mother bear with FOUR cubs right in our front yard. She was teaching them to climb trees and they were dooing quite well for being only about 6 months old.
- on July 20, 2012
It is so great to see Jim Thorpe as a finalist for the Best Small Town, I love my native Carbon County....
May the spirits of "Bright Path" aka Jim Thorpe inspire the current political beings of Pa to honor their promise from long ago to the ancestors of Jim Thorpe...Honor Your Promise.
- on June 22, 2012